Eruptions of the Koolau Volcano that took place long after it laid dormant helped form the volcanic cinder cone nicknamed Diamond Head. Look down on busy Waikiki and see people laying on the beach and playing in the water. The hike is definitely not ADA accessible, as the last leg near the summit consists of 99 steps with rusty railing. For more information, see their site here: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/ There is a section where you have to walk through a tunnel. Read our recommended things to do in Hawaii. You can park outside the gate and walk about a half mile and pay $1 for the admission fee. Suitable for all ages and almost all fitness levels. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. One of my favorite trail while vacationing @ Oahu Hawaii. Once on top you can climb up to the top of the bunkers for 360-degree views of the island and Pacific Ocean, with Waikiki not too far away. The cinder cone crater has few shade trees and is cut off from much of the island's trade winds, so for hikers venturing up or down, the trek can be particular hot, dry and dusty. The trail was built in 1908 as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. Beautiful trail, loved the sight at the top. Last entrance is at 4:30pm; gates lock at 6pm You can't have been on Oahu and not have hiked Diamond Head. Everyone will tell you, of course, that you've gotta expect a lot of people! Family friendly hike. Couch potatoes, children and senior citizens alike can hike the moderate trail at Diamond Head. Directions from Honolulu: Diamond Head State Monument is located immediately east of Honolulu along Diamond Head Road. please visit our Diamond Head State Monument page to learn more before your Diamond Head hike. Another 54 steps brings you to the Diamond Head Observation Station. In the 19th century, British sailors thought they'd found diamonds on the side of the crater; they were just priceless calcite crystals, but the name Diamond Head stuck. Easy trail. Now that I’ve started hiking at home, I would probably pick some other hikes around O’ahu to do instead, but I’ll always recommend this one. For more information on the fees, hours and parking, please visit our Diamond Head State Monument page to learn more before your Diamond Head hike. Hours Some sections of the trail are particularly steep, with steps, tunnels and crevices to navigate. I bring every out of town visitor here because it’s iconic. Your reward on the other end? // ]]>. Wife and I did this hike on our honeymoon in Feb. 2016. A concrete trail will lead you to a path, cut and blasted out of the steep rock walls. Or you can drive into the park for a $5 parking fee. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Lots of steps and tourism. After climbing the 74 steps you will arrive at the first tunnel. I've gone on many different ones so far. For additional details on the park, please see Diamond Head State Monument. Walk ins $1. Cool old military structures. I didnt make it to the summit before the sun started rising, but I did stopped at a lookout point. The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. --- Le Diamond Head est un incontournable de Oahu, l'ascension se fait facilement en suivant le sentier balisé. Book Direct for the Lowest Rates, Every Time, no Hassels! The trail starts on a paved path before climbing several steep switchbacks leading to the first set of steep stairs. Diamond Head Hike Panoramic views of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. The last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Looking to conquer Diamond Head? After the stairs you will climb through a tunnel and then climb up another set of stairs before reaching the bunkers at the top of the rim. Went last year, but loved the place!! The trailhead is located on the crater floor. Although none were found, the name stuck. Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail [CLOSED], https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/. A hike up the crater provides good exercise and spectacular 360-degree views of the island. Also, while there’s a trail it’s uneven due to the ground which means that sturdy shoes should be worn – preferably tennis or hiking shoes. If you are afraid of the dark you may have a little trouble with the first tunnel, but it shouldn't be too bad. After climbing more than 200 feet through the tunnel you will arrive at the other side, looking straight up at the second set of stairs. You’ll also want to make sure that you get to the park with sufficient time to do the hike because there’s a cutoff when they allow people in (since they wouldn’t finish the hike before the park closing). Mount Olympus Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail, Wa'ahila Trail to Waiakeakua Falls Trail Loop, Manoa Cliff Trail to Manoa Falls [CLOSED], Manoa Cliff, Kalawahine, and Makiki Valley Loop. Experience the best that Hawaii has to offer. my instagram is @vasqu067, Looking to hike this sometime after 2pm on a weekday! Just beyond the urban appeal of Honolulu, with its cosmopolitan chic and luxury, sits majestic Diamond Head, the most famous volcanic crater in the whole world. I read that it was crowded so I went at like5:30 am and watched the sun come up, I also beat the crowds. Had to wait in line to park. Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU. Take a rest at the summit, with 360-degree views of emerald green mountains and sparkling aquamarine waters. Unfortunately, the Diamond Hike isn’t for everybody. After about five minutes you will reach the end of the paved path and the beginning of the dirt trail. The crater is also called "Le'ahi," which means "brow of the tuna" in Hawaiian. The view at the top is of Waikiki Beach and it’s nice but not worth it at all. Many locals chose to jog or walk up Diamond Head on a regular basis, with some people doing it multiple times a day! You don’t need to train for a Diamond Head crater hike, but you should be in reasonable health. The only water source and bathroom are at the start of the trail, so ensure that you’re ready to go before starting the Diamond Head hike. pretty sure this hike is closed, but if anyone is interested in going on other hikes with me let me know! On a clear day you will see what seems like forever. Done in 2015. I would advise going as early as possible. Hike Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater located in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. The Diamond Head hike is less than a mile each way (you go back and forth on the same trail) and could be considered a moderate hike because while it’s short, there’s elevation involved. Switchback trails lead to your first lookout (and break) before continuing on to 99 steps up to a dimly lit tunnel. The hike down is much easier and should take less than 30 minutes. Got to experienced some of the pill box .... it’s pretty crowded trail but it’s all worth it. For more impressive views and a serious workout, consider a dawn hike at Koko Head. Great view from the top. Arrive as early as possible as by 9am, everyone else in O’ahu seems to have the same idea; Don’t stress out when an uber-fit local runs past you up the stairs. Beautiful view from the top. It’s a must-do if you’re from the mainland. A pretty easy but very enjoyable hike. Very busy trail but it's worth it. There’s also trucks at the bottom that sell pineapple dole whip! Nothing challenging, basically just a walk up a path that leads to the top then you turn around go back down. However, it will most likely take you longer due to the traffic with other visitors, as well as the time that you’ll want to spend taking pictures and enjoying the views. There is no shade and you’re going uphill for most of the hike, a lot of the trail is narrow and you are constantly dodging people with their huge families and crying babies. C'est un lieu apprécié pour ses levers de soleils et sa magnifique vue sur Waikiki. Let me know if anyone wants a hiking buddy. Be sure to bring your sunscreen, as well as water since it gets hot on the Diamond Head hike. Great trail. The second set of 99 stairs is a bit tougher than the first, but there is a rest area and a lookout spot near the bottom if you want to catch your breath before proceeding. Nice hike. With only a small shore break, you can cool down and wade out into the water, or admire the beautiful beach houses, surfers and stand-up paddle boarders. Again, so beautiful. Great views. Did this as a sunrise hike for my birthday March 2019. A view of the Pacific Ocean. The Diamond Head hike is considered ‘easy’ by hiking standards, with some preferring to call it a walk rather than a hike or trek. It is possible to take a bus from the city to this site. The trail starts along a (fairly) flat paved path. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. This trail is mainstream! Diamond Head Hike Details. The moderate yet steep 1.5-mile round trip Summit Trail starts off as a paved path and climbs to the top of the rim; highlights for hikers include two sets of stairs, World War II bunkers and dark, underground tunnels. If you’re able to do the Diamond Head hike in the morning, you might want to arrive at 6 AM (park open) while it’s cooler and less busy. Just beware: There's not a lot of rain on Oahu, and the inside of Diamond Head Crater is particularly dry. There are two places to park. Did this as a tourist (obviously), with 0 previous hiking experience. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you were to hike straight up, and then down the trail, you might be able to do it in about 30 minutes each way (with the time to the summit longer due to the steep incline). The views are breathtaking but difficult to see if it is busy. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290, This trail is exposed and there is no water on the trail, so make sure to bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a hat on especially sunny days. The World War II bunkers on top now support antennas used by the government. This is an attraction in addition to a hike. You'll get a great workout on nature's step climber, but the summit isn't the only thing worth seeing. Daily 6am-6pm Diamond Head is one of the most popular destinations on Oahu, with thousands of people visiting daily. Admission Parking $5 It got the name Diamond Head almost 200 years ago when British sailors believed there were diamonds in the side of the crater. We try to do this hike often and record our fastest time, but you can’t get an accurate one when there are a lot more people on the trail. Great hike though. --- IG: @pieandthesky. Only Fort Ruger pathway at bottom of diamond head accessible. Finally you can relax; you have reached the top. IG: sayrachel, Afternoon is the best time to hike to avoid crowd and catch rainbows, This trail is very tiring but has some of the best views I’ve ever seen, Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail. Can’t get better views of Waikiki (unless you’re in a helicopter). Definitely was way harder than expected at the time. It offers a unique experience as you walk through a 300,000 crater and see beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the lush valleys that line Oahu from above it all.